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NCAA Tournament 2016 schedule: North Carolina, Kentucky bring TV spotlight to East

The East's big names will draw CBS coverage.

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The incredibly loaded East Region of the 2016 NCAA Tournament is packed with household names and teams that could make deep runs into March. And so it's going to be prominently featured on the NCAA Tournament's TV schedule.

East Region games will air in primetime on CBS on both Thursday and Friday, with Indiana and Kentucky headlining matchups that will air on Thursday and West Virginia and Notre Dame appearing on Friday. Jim Nantz will also be covering the East Region, and broadcasting from Des Moines, where Kentucky and Indiana would meet in a seismic second-round matchup.

Here are the tip times and announcer pairings for the East Region's First Four, first-round and second-round games.

East Region TV Schedule

Tuesday, March 15

6:40 p.m. ET, truTV (Andrew Catalon, Steve Lappas, Jamie Erdahl)
No. 16 Florida Gulf Coast vs. No. 16 Fairleigh Dickinson

Wednesday, March 16

9:10 p.m. ET truTV (Carter Blackburn, Mike Gminski, Jaime Maggio)
No. 11 Michigan vs. No. 11 Tulsa

Thursday, March 17

7:10 p.m. ET, CBS (Jim Nantz, Grant Hill, Bill Raftery, Tracy Wolfson)
No. 5 Indiana vs. No. 12 Chattanooga

7:20 p.m. ET, TBS (Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Dan Bonner, Lewis Johnson)
No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 16 Florida Gulf Coast or No. 16 Fairleigh Dickinson

9:40 p.m. ET, CBS (Jim Nantz, Grant Hill, Bill Raftery, Tracy Wolfson)
No. 4 Kentucky vs. No. 13 Stony Brook

9:50 p.m. ET, TBS (Ian Eagle, Chris Webber, Len Elmore, Evan Washburn)
No. 8 USC vs. No. 9 Providence

Friday, March 16

6:50 p.m. ET, TNT (Brian Anderson, Steve Smith, Dana Jacobson)
No. 7 Wisconsin vs. No. 10 Pittsburgh

7:10 p.m. ET, CBS (Verne Lundquist, Jim Spanarkel, Allie LaForce)
No. 3 West Virginia vs. No. 14 Stephen F. Austin

9:20 p.m. ET, TNT (Brian Anderson, Steve Smith, Dana Jacobson)
No. 2 Xavier vs. No. 15 Weber State

9:40 p.m. ET, CBS (Verne Lundquist, Jim Spanarkel, Allie LaForce)
No. 6 Notre Dame vs. No. 11 Michigan or No. 11 Tulsa